All Hands On Deck

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‘All hands on deck!’

we hear as the CFO resigns

‘Abandon ship!’

the documents clearly cross a line

the chaplain sighs,
‘Amen, amen!’
we fold our hands
we’re pious men and barely living…

look back on empire days when we feasted by firelight
and what were we roasting,
well the people who were too weak to fight

we’re shipwreckers all
too deaf to hear the boatman’s call
but up there a man can see forever…

kind thoughts go out
to all of our comrades who will fall.
They dream of sidewalks,
carefully managed summer lawns.

we ruled for a time
on the salty high seas,
lords of the brine,
now the pundits dance
on our watery graves.


from Astrolabe, released April 17, 2017



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westwork New York

Westwork is the solo songwriting project of Brooklyn-based composer and performer, Joshua Douglas Camp. He is also co-founder of the bands One Ring Zero and Chicha Libre.

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